During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the nation’s Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community.
“Red Cross Month is an ideal time for people to show support for our mission,” said Julia Wulf, CEO of the Lewis and Clark Blood Service Region. “Anyone can become an Everyday Hero by giving blood or platelets.”
“Please remember those who help all of us here in Idaho by giving their time to help their neighbor,” said Jerry Nielsen, Interim CEO of the Greater Idaho Chapter. “We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month – our volunteers, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.”
March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 70 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.
The need for blood is constant. From cancer patients and accident victims to premature babies and those with blood disorders. In Idaho, the Red Cross strives to collect 1,200 units of blood every week to meet the needs of the 40 hospitals served.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.
Here in Idaho, the local chapter responded to 189 local emergencies, assisted 566 military families and trained 15,600 people in lifesaving skills.
The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.